THE NEXT RIDE: Lindsey Slack
May 2, 2017
Bidding Farewell to our 2017 Senior Class
With the 2016-17 season now complete, it’s time for the Gamecocks to bid farewell to nine incredible seniors who have each impacted the Carolina program in their own special way. But for these nine women, the end of their collegiate careers marks the beginning of a new journey, where each of them will make their mark on the world. GamecocksOnline.com is proud to present The Next Ride, spotlighting each senior’s time at Carolina and looking ahead to the next chapter of their lives. Today’s Q&A features Lindsey Slack.
Degree and Major
Mass Communications with a Minor in Hospitality, Retail and Tourism
What was your hardest class at Carolina?
Journalism 303, Law and Ethics with Professor Jay Bender
How did you pick your major?
I picked my major because I knew I wanted journalism and communications, but I wasn’t sure I could choose a specific track. With the Mass Communications track, I was able to get a little bit of everything the Journalism School has to offer at South Carolina.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help you during your academic career?
Carolina Equestrian always encouraged and applauded academic success. While I was able to get all the help I could ever need to be successful in school, I was also able to put school first always, regardless of my obligations to the team.
How did the Carolina Equestrian family help with your post-college career?
My success on the team was instrumental in my post-college career, but I was also able to look at graduate schools while in season with the equestrian team, which was so helpful when it came time to make a decision about my future. Boo was also a crucial part of my post-college success as she wrote me many letters of recommendation for graduate school, and allowed me to pursue my graduate school search during the season.
What competition will you remember most from your time as a Carolina Equestrian student-athlete?
I will remember the 2014 SEC Equestrian Championship which was held at One Wood Farm. We originally thought that Georgia had won the Championship, but there had actually been a miscalculation, and we had ended up winning. Somehow, I was ‘Slacking’ Ã¢ËœÂº and was late to the meeting where we were told we had won, and when I ran down the hill to the house to get to the meeting, my entire team was yelling ‘Slack, we won!’ and tackled me to the ground. It was such a great feeling to be embraced by my team and experience a win.
What’s the one phrase you’ll remember most from your coaches?
Coach Dobbs: “I just want a bite.” (then proceeds to eat your entire cookie/brownie/unidentified treat) Coach Sorrel: “WHAMMY!” Boo: “Y’all can do WHATEVER you want.” ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” in response to a few of us wanting to paint our stomachs at Nationals.
What do you plan on doing after graduation?
After graduating from the University of South Carolina, my plans are to move to Fort Worth, Texas, where I will be pursuing my Masters of Science in Strategic Communications at Texas Christian University.
What’s your advice for young riders interested in joining the Carolina Equestrian program?
My advice to young riders interested in the program is to go into it whole-heartedly and to enjoy every minute of it. South Carolina Equestrian is a special experience, and if you get the opportunity to be part of that, you won’t regret it.